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Hatch's hypocrisy

So U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch is again accusing Democrats of partisan politics for opposing the nomination of John Bolton to the United Nations, never mind the fact that many Republicans expressed concern about Bolton as well. Surprise, surprise.
   Sen. Hatch's hypocrisy seems to know no bounds. A few weeks ago he accused Democrats of partisanship for threatening to filibuster 10 of President Bush's judicial nominees, when Hatch himself filibustered many more of President Clinton's nominees. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, not only did Hatch refuse these nominees an “up or down vote,” but he prevented most of them from even having a hearing.
   Again, Hatch has complained loudly about judicial activism, and yet he himself has insisted on the appointment of some of the worst activist judges in history, including Priscilla Owen, whose habit of “making the law, not interpreting it” has been

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criticized by even her conservative colleagues on the Texas Supreme Court.
   If I recall correctly, Sen. Hatch defeated his predecessor in the Senate with the slogan “18 years is long enough.” Hatch has now been in office nearly 30 years.
   Surely there must be someone else who could represent Utah without such extreme partisanship and hypocrisy. My vote is going to Pete Ashdown.
   
   Blair Bateman
   Provo
   
   
     


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